Sunday 7 May 2006, 8:05 pm

This morning we went to Bayou Talla Fellowship, a church in Kiln, about 12 miles from Bay St Louis. Tom, a volunteer who helped us in the distribution center yesterday, goes to this church and it sounded interested. They are hosting a large group from Samaritan's Purse, which is doing reconstruction work here.

After church we spent a couple hours loading up the truck and saying goodbyes. We got on the road around 2:30 pm. We took back roads through Bogalusa and McComb to get to Natchez around 7:00 pm. We stopped in McComb to eat at a restaurant called Golden Corral. It was terrible. We will never go there again.

We got here in time to see the sunset over the Mississippi River. We got a few nice photographs. There is a bridge over the river and we went over to Vidalia, Louisiana and back. Standing on the banks of the Mississippi, Mary had to put on long sleeves while I enjoyed the cool breeze. It was cool and calm and not at all like the muggy gulf coast.

Tomorrow we have the option to do several things: start up the Natchez Trace right away (ending up in Tennessee), take tours through several 1820's-vintage buildings, or maybe take a cruise on the river. Or maybe all three.

Our general plan from here on out is to take the Natchez trace to Tennessee, then go through the Smoky Mountains to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, ending up in Washington DC. However, we also want to visit the largest caverns in the US in Kentucky, and I'm not sure yet how to fit that in.